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1. Posted by sl22 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Setting off on a RWT at end of the month to NY, LA, Fiji, NZ, Oz and SEA coming back end of Feb. Most of the weather seems to be fairly warm so dont want to take a sleeping bag but can't decide between a poly/cotton liner or a silk one.

Does anyone have any recommendations cos dont wanna spend loads of money on a silk one if a cotton one will do.

Thanks for your help

2. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

I actually took a cotton one. To be honest I don't think they're absolutely essential but it did come in handy. Useful if you're staying in dodgy accommodation and you're not sure if the beds have bugs!

They still take up space so I don't think I'd bother next time. I can think of lots of things I woudn't take travelling come to think of it....that sounds like an idea for a thread?

3. Posted by sl22 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Thanks! If you dont mind me asking where abouts did you go travelling to and what was the weather like?

4. Posted by hidi6514 (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y

Buy a sheet fold in half and sow together. That will make it a lot cheaper whatever fabric you choose!

5. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting sl22

Thanks! If you dont mind me asking where abouts did you go travelling to and what was the weather like?

Australia - Summer/early Autumn - weather mild to very hot in Outback
New Zealand - Autumn - daytime warmish - evenings freezing!!
SE Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, Burma) - dry season and Monsoon - hot, humid (although sometimes cold at night in the hills (Laos and China)

The idea about sewing a sheet together is a good one (I guess you get hold of one when you're away and sew it together if you feel the need)

If you find you need a sleeping bag for hiking/camping anytime it's usually easy enough to hire one

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Take a silk one - the sheet and sewing together idea is great to save money, but takes up 3 or 4 times the size (and weight) of a silk one. If your going to SEA first at all, i've heard they are much cheaper there, so you could buy it when you get there.

I alsways take mine, and tend to use it even in hostels etc which look perfectly clean and decent. At least then i now where it's been and that it's clean. In addition, because the bottom is like a sack and enclosed, you can chuck your wallet etc down by your toes at night and nobody will be able to get at it, which is a huge plus, and almost worth using for that alone - you meet so many people who loose their wallet or passport from beside their bed etc, which would have been avoided if they had put it out of the way and somewhere unreachable.

7. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

Take a silk one - the sheet and sewing together idea is great to save money, but takes up 3 or 4 times the size (and weight) of a silk one. If your going to SEA first at all, i've heard they are much cheaper there, so you could buy it when you get there.

Yeah, that's true, I bought mine in Hoi An, Vietnam. I don't remember how much it was, think it was something like $5-7US...? Not very much anyway.

I've used cotton ones from time to time, and really, silk is so much more comfy!

Go for a silk one.

//Susanna